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The palpable hate in politics today is the worst many have ever seen. The reactions and depths of emotions far exceed any definition of loathing; it’s unadulterated hate. In my opinion, hate is an energy-sucking waste of time, but each to his own, because clearly, plenty of it exists.

Those who really like President Donald Trump will stand by him no matter what. Those who hate him will keep it up, irrespective of anything he does, constructive and positive or not. Those in the middle, and that’s a big territory, will continue to watch, and if they are prudent, they’ll sift out fact from fiction.

Trump is battered because he often responds to negative press. He has called out “fake news.”

For a citizenry that claims to demand transparency, well, they have it in this president. What he is thinking is usually pretty obvious. Some like that, some don’t.

Trump was identified, even by himself, as “not-a-politician.” That was no secret and it is much of the reason he was elected. Yet, when he doesn’t act like a politician people waste time to point it out. Yes, he’s brash, but everyone has their style and he is neither apologizing nor backing off it. That’s just the way it is; for better or worse, depends on the observer.

It would be beneficial for the sake of the country if people could take a breath and look at the whole picture with a lot less emotion and visceral reaction.

Trump is called, well, everything, publicly, no matter how crass. As an aside, I do not care what he said 22 years ago in a private conversation when he was unknowingly audiotaped. His words were nearly a quarter of a century old and were not of the campaign or of his presidency. The people throwing stones at Trump for saying something uncouth over two decades ago in a private conversation better check their house’s stucco walls, because they just turned to glass.

Trump will be criticized irrespective of what he does.

President George W. Bush was relentlessly criticized for being a dope and a dummy. Bush has degrees from Yale and Harvard and piloted military jets. George Bush remained a gentleman who never responded negatively to the injustice and he left the office with a big “D” stamped on his forehead.
That evinces: Fight back or not, you’ll be disparaged.

Fake News is being repeatedly proven, irrespective of the MSM trying to brush it off of their collective shoulders. How many times does CNN have to be caught in their out-and-out lies?

Last week it was the Washington Post publishing that Trump had a secret hour-long meeting with Putin. The facts are that it was a dinner with the heads of multiple countries and their spouses where Trump simply had an OPEN, maybe 15-minute conversation with Putin, who happened to be sitting with Mrs. Trump.

There was absolutely nothing nefarious about it. Undeniably, had Trump avoided speaking with all of those present, he would have been called arrogant and unfriendly to foreign nations.

It is a fact that President Obama never experienced the vindictiveness and malice of the MSM. This was a president who openly and repeatedly lied to Americans about the truth of Obamacare and its mandated health policies. Yes, a lie of huge consequences, as healthcare affects over one-sixth of the American economy. While Bush and Trump were vilified, anyone who dared cite Obama’s transgressions was met spontaneously with the default position of “racism” label. Because President Obama is a man of color, it was his breastplate.

Whether you hold hate or fondness for President Trump, putting the passions aside, do you really think the media is fair and prudent? Is the picture of the results of the vivid comparisons really okay with you?

Those without an agenda can answer that question honestly.

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Betty Arenson
Rural girl, Betty Arenson, left difficult and challenging farm life behind early on, but she never forgot what she learned there. The conservative principles of self-reliance, hard work, and a deep love for America have influenced everything she’s tackled since. Betty came to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1968 when it offered carrot and onion fields, only a few traffic signals, and very limited shopping. She's a writer, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (yes, a lot was packed into the early years) and an avid wine connoisseur (well okay, she drinks wine frequently). In those decades, she’s seen the SCV grow from a small town to a sprawling Los Angeles suburb. She’s noticed changes in the country as well--not all for the better--but she believes open dialogue with those with whom we disagree is valuable. She continues her daily efforts to make that dialogue flourish with hope it can be fruitful; even agreeing to disagree.